Nando Duarte, a Rio de Janeiro native, started his musical career at a young age playing electric guitar on tour with pop bands in Brazil. Moving to the seven-string acoustic guitar he became one of the catalysts of Brazil’s popular music re-awakening with Dino 7 cordas as his mentor and Luiz Otávio Braga, Hélio Delmiro among others as his professors.
His career as a seven-string guitarist led him to play, arrange, and/or produce the biggest names in Brazilian music, including Elza Soares, Gal Costa, Zélia Duncan, João Bosco, Nicolas Krassik, Yamandú Costa, Martnália, Moska, Maria Gadú, Adriana Calcanhoto, Walter Alfaiate, Zeca Pagodinho, Soraya Ravenle, Ney Matogrosso, Anat Cohen, Moyses Marques, Diogo Nogueira, among others.
Nando’s quite and gentle manner and capacity to lead large ensembles led him to branch out to arrangements and musical direction for on-stage musicals and shows. His continues work in the growing Musical scene in Brazil warranted him numerous prizes and recognition. His work includes; “Oui, oui, a França é aqui!” (2009) (nominated for best musical direction Shell award) “Samba Futebol Clube” (2014) (winner of Shell Award for best Music Director and the APTR for best Musical), “Sambra” (2015) with Diogo Nogueira was the first Musical ever to be presented on stage at Rio de Janeiro’s New Year’s Eve party on Copacabana beach with over 2 million people and is now competing for a Cannes Golden Lion, and "Gilberto Gil, Aquele Abraço" (2016) (Winner of Bibi Ferreira award for Best Music Director and best Arrangements). He was also the musical director for the “One Year to Go” Olympic show, the only pre-show for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics. He produced scores for the award winning feature documentaries, “B1” (2009) and “Sergio Bernardes” (2014); the TV Series, “Trair e Coçar” for Multishow and “Hei de Torcer” for ESPN
He currently lives in Los Angeles and his most recent work includes composing for the feature film "Fourth Grade" (2020), recording with the band Empire of the Sun, with the singer Melody Gardot and composing for advertising.